Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Trivial Information, Part 1

Nouns of Assemblage
a malapertness of peddlers
a spring of teals
a gank of elk
a murmuration of starlings
a suit of sails
a wilderness of monkeys
a clutch of eggs
a bench of bishops
a murder of crows
a pontification of priests
a rag of colts
an exaltation of larks
a muster of peacocks
a drift of swine
a business of ferrets
a sounder of wild boar
a band of gorillas
a kindle of kittens
a crash of rhinoceros
a hand of bananas

Tornado Intensity Scale (and Name)
F0 — damage to trees, signs and chimneys (Gale)
F1 — roofs damaged; cars rocked (Moderate)
F2 — roofs torn off; cars overturned (Significant)
F3 — forests uprooted; cars lifted (Severe)
F4 — homes destroyed; heavy objects fly (Devastating)
F5 — structures leveled; utter destruction (Incredible)
F6 — theoretical; not expected on earth

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
War — white horse
Famine — black horse
Slaughter — red horse
Death — pale horse

Poker Hand Odds
one pair - 35 to 24
two pairs - 20 to 1
three of a kind - 46 to 1
straight - 254 to 1
flush - 693 to 1
four of a kind - 4164 to 1
straight flush - 72192 to 1
royal flush - 649739 to 1

Three Wise Men (gifts)
•Melchior, King of Arabia (gold)
•Caspar, King of Tarsus (frankincense)
•Balthazar, King of Ethiopia (myrrh)

Record Sales
Gold - 500,000
Platinum - 1,000,000
Diamond - 10,000,000

Colors of the Rainbow
remember: Richard of York gave battle in vain.
red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet

Seven Deadly Sins
Pride, Greed, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Anger, Sloth

Four Cardinal Virtues
Prudence, Justice, Temperance, Fortitude

Titanic's Last Supper
First Class dinner menu, 14 April 1912

Hors D'oeuvre Variès • Oysters

Consommé Olga • Cream of Barley

Salmon, Mousseline Sauce, Cucumber

Filet Mignons Lily • Sauté of Chicken, Lyonnaise • Vegetable Marrow Farcie

Lamb, Mint Sauce
Roast Duckling, Apple Sauce
Sirloin of Beef, Chateâu Potatoes

Green Peas • Creamed Carrots • Boiled Rice • Parmentier & New Potatoes

Punch Romaine

Roast Squab & Cress • Cold Asparagus Vinaigrette
Pâté De Fois Gras • Celery

Waldorf Pudding • Peaches in Chartreuse Jelly
Chocolate & Vanilla Eclairs • French Ice Cream

Boy Scout Oath
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Girl Scout Cookies — Best Selling
•Thin mints - 25%
•Samoas (Caramel DeLites) - 19%
•Tagalongs (Peanut Butter Patties) - 13%
•Trefoils (Shortbread) - 9%

OPEC Members
Algeria, Angola, Ecuador Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela

Middle East
Egypt, Arabian Peninsula, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Iran & Iraq

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